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tom-tom (n.)

1690s, "drum" (originally used in India), from Hindi tam-tam, probably of imitative origin (compare Sinhalese tamat tama and Malay tong-tong). Related: Tom-toms.

updated on October 10, 2017

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Definitions of tom-tom from WordNet

tom-tom (n.)
any of various drums with small heads;
Synonyms: tenor drum
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